Not to be confused with Dave and Neta Jackson's Trailblazer Series, the CF4Kids Trail Blazers are narrative biographies of some of the most famous and influential Christian writers, missionaries and leaders throughout the history of the Church. These aren't fiction, but creative liberties are taken and the lives of people like John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards and Patricia St. John are presented in story form.
Actual quotes of the subject of each biography are identified at the end of the book. A timeline offers historical context, and topics for further reflection and discussion (along with prayers) are listed by chapter. Multiple authors have proffered their talents for the series, but each book follows the same formula and there's a fairly high level of continuity throughout.
The purpose of the CF4Kids Trail Blazers books is to present godly examples of past saints for readers to learn from and imitate. These are probably best for 3rd-6th graders, though older kids can also enjoy the entertaining stories and benefit from the emphasis on Christian virtue. Because they're easy to read and understand, any of these biographies could also work well as a supplement to family devotions.
If you want your kids to have plenty of wholesome reading material outside their studies, these will likely be attractive to you and to them. Readers are directed constantly toward Christ and righteous behavior, while enjoying often adventurous stories about beloved heroes of the faith. Whether for spare-time reading or as a supplement to Church history or devotions, CF4Kids Trail Blazers are a safe and excellent choice.
Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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